American Eagle Outfitters

Pennsylvania
Retailing

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not protect its employees against viewpoint discrimination. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. AEO covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. The company has used its corporate reputation to support gun control legislation, LGBTQ advocacy, and the Equality Act. AEO requires organizations abide by its charitable giving nondiscrimination policy and funds LGBTQ and social justice organizations. For these reasons, AEO receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Risk Level
Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

Risk Level
Rationale

AEO received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. This means that the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (1)(2). The company has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

Risk Level
Rationale

AEO’s charitable giving guidelines require that organizations abide by its nondiscrimination policy, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, thereby excluding some religious charities (1).

Criteria

Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

Risk Level
Rationale

AEO does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

AEO has promoted anti-Second Amendment events, such as the March for Our Lives and LGBTQ causes through themed merchandise (1)(2)(3). The company also supports the Equality Act (4).

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

AEO has a perfect score on the HRC’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. This score indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). The company partners with the It Gets Better Project to empower and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the world (3). The AEO Foundation has launched a “Social Change Scholarship,” which promotes social justice projects (4).

Criteria

Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

AEO does not operate a PAC at this time (1).

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September 13, 2023

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